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Address: Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of...

The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. Visitors can experience a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone beds, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.

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How incredible to stand on the cliff at Bay of Skaill and wander the Neolithic Skara Brae. It's worth reading up ahead of time to fully understand how amazing this village is and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Speightstown, Barbados
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

How incredible to stand on the cliff at Bay of Skaill and wander the Neolithic Skara Brae. It's worth reading up ahead of time to fully understand how amazing this village is and what it represents. This village is 5-6,000 years old and thought to be the original site for habitation moving later south to Stonehenge etc. A tour of... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent and exceptionally windy day at Skara Brae on Orkney. Was incredible to see the stone-built Neolithic settlement, as a side bonus there is a beautiful white beach next door!

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Thank Krimson_17
Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is a reconstruction of a neolithic village. It’s still a bit of a mystery in terms of who lived there, and why they left. The location is stunning. You can walk inside the reconstruction and see the original from above. The only complaint I have is that it’s not that nice to explore when there are many people around.

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Thank Avigail A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful and fascinating place - we loved it even though the weather was unbelievably cold and windy. The guide was great, we liked the reconstruction and we came away with a great understanding of the site's history and unanswered questions.

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Thank Rosiestwins
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant visit to Skara Brae today. Was a clear day but really windy. Wonderful guided tour from Kim at Skara Brae would 100% recommend to anyone visiting Orkney. Loved it.

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Thank Tracey R
Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

It was very windy when we visited this site but nothing could have stopped me from enjoying it immensely! I had wanted to visit this site for years and it did not disappoint. Of course it is not permitted to walk in the houses themselves but everyone has a really good view looking over the rail to the houses below.... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

As an archaeologist I am very biased, but Skara Brae was truly an awe inspiring place. The site itself is extremely unique and well preserved giving a windows into how people lived during the Neolithic. The introductory exhibit is also excellent and one of the best presented heritage sites I've visited. The staff were all very pleasant, friendly, and informative.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

If you do know it, you shouldn't. This is history. Travel back through time, but not in a Disney typical of history. This is real and worth the detour.

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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This set of ruins are a must see for anyone interested in history, archeology or ancient civilizations. Probably the oldest ruins on earth, and paired with two sets of standing stones. More is being found out about these people all the time. This is a MUST SEEA!

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Thank CarmyninTexas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Obviously Skara Brae has huge historical significance, but for a Dad to pay the entry fee for the whole family, entry costs are too high (adult daughter, my grown up son and his wife plus their son - i.e. 5 adults and one child), caused us to go to other equally interesting, but free sites on Orkney. Read up in... More 

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Thank you for your review of Skara Brae. The admission costs for Skara Brae are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our 340+ sites across Scotland. We do offer excellent value membership or explorer passes for those wanting to explore a... More 

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